Dallas trailed to the Rams 21-0 but to their credit, they kept battling and the guys who may have hurt them early in the game, helped them late in the game. A look at some unlikely contributions in the Cowboys 34-31 come from behind win.
2013 was a tough season for Carter the 2nd round pick a few years ago. Patience was wearing thin from coaches and fans watching Carter get beat on pass plays. Early in the game the Rams moved the ball effortlessly in building a 21-0 lead. Coming into this game, Dallas was very thin at linebacker with McClain and Durant not playing. So no matter how bad Carter played, they really didn’t have any other options today.
But in the 4th quarter Bruce stepped in front of a pass in the middle of the field and returned the interception 25 yards for a TD. It was a play Dallas needed to get some room between them and the Rams.
With McClain out with injury, the inexperienced rookie LB was asked to man the middle of the defense today. Hitchens didn’t have a perfect game and the game film will no doubt reveal mistakes in coverage but he finished as the Cowboys leading tackler today with an outstanding 10 solo tackles and 3 assist. Hitchens’ biggest contribution was when the Rams went for it on a 4th and one in the redzone, and Hitchens tackled the ball carrier for a loss in the backfield turning the ball over on downs.
Romo had a horrible first game against the 49ers throwing 3 picks and in the win against the Titans he just basically stayed out of the way and let Murray do his thing. In the 2nd quarter today, Romo threw a pick six to Jenkins of the Rams which put Dallas behind 21-0. At that point, fans couldn’t feel good about Romo and his recovering back.
No one could expect Romo to contribute with a scramble today but he did. Late in the game Dallas faced a 3rd and 13 when Romo took off for 16 yards, to help his team get a much needed first down. He went on to throw a TD pass to Terrance Williams on the drive. Romo made a bad play early with the interception but he kept fighting and helped his team get the win in the end.
So far this year Claiborne’s play has been criticized plenty even being rated by Pro Football Focus as the Cowboys weakest defender after two games. In the 2nd quarter Mo was burned by Brian Quick for a 51 yard TD pass. It was definitely a case of “here we go again” as Mo stretched out in vain to try to defend the long pass.
Dallas held just a 3 point lead when the Rams got the ball with 2 minutes left in the game. Given the way the Rams QB had passed for over 300 yards in the game, how could anyone feel good about the Dallas defense preserving the win? But it was Mo Claiborne that came up with an interception that sealed the come from behind victory for the Cowboys. An unlikely hero for sure.
I think this type of game today will be what we can expect more often than not from Dallas this year. And for them to come up with a win, they will need some turnovers from their defense and contributions from unlikely players.
Excellent examples from these guys of not hanging your head and instead moving on to the next play.